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Obituary for Robert "Bob" James Claringbold

JUNE 3, 1933 – JULY 24, 2020
Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, after a courageous battle at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 24, 2020, Robert “Bob” James Claringbold of Tillsonburg passed away at the age of 87 years. Bob was a dedicated employee of Livingston Export in Tillsonburg and Hagersville for 40 years, retiring as Plant Manager. He was a lifelong member and pillar of Bethel Church in Tillsonburg and served as treasurer for over 50 years. Bob had a deep concern for the needs of Third World countries and he and Myra made 35 mission trips to Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru and the Caribbean Islands to build schools, churches, medical facilities and homes. He also had a deep care for our community being one of the founding members of YFC ministry. The love of Bob’s life was Myra for throughout their 64 years of marriage. Bob found much joy in their 4 amazing children; Crystal Carle (Rod) of Abbotsford, B.C., Craig Claringbold, Dwayne Claringbold (Cindy) and Darryl all of Tillsonburg. Bob delighted in his grandchildren in their goals and accomplishments; Brodie Carle (Lindsay), Jadyn Carle (Michelle), Taylor Carle (Malcolm), Cody Claringbold, Scott Claringbold, Braden Claringbold, Jenna Claringbold, Ryan Claringbold, Megan Claringbold and 4 great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his brother-in-law Roger Scott, nephews Paul Luciani (Denise), Robert and Randy Adamson and niece Deb Metslaar (Dave). Babe, his Basset was added to his clan after his first Basset, Sadie. They were seen by many on their daily walks and nightly baseball games. Predeceased by his parents Harold and Aletha (Heath) Claringbold and sisters Jean Luciani (1960) and Lois Scott (2019). Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award in 2012. He was an avid fisherman, outdoorsman, story and joke teller- many will miss Bob’s ability to recall the old stories of Tillsonburg. Our grief is much lighter knowing Bob, Dad is now making Heaven his home with Jesus whom he served all his life.
Friends and relatives will be received at Ostrander’s Funeral Home Limited, 43 Bidwell Street Tillsonburg (519-842-5221) on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 1:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, public visitation will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that sign up for a specific time to attend. Time slots will be made available on our website or by calling 519-842-5221. Guests are asked to not attend if they are ill, have been around anyone that is ill or have travelled. Guests are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are encouraged to only attend when their time slot begins. If guests arrive too early, they are asked to wait in their vehicle. If guests arrive late, they will not be permitted to enter.
A Graveside Service will be held at a later date at the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations to Bethel Church, Missionary Aviation Fellowship or Youth For Christ, Tillsonburg would be appreciated by the Claringbold family.
Friends and relatives are invited to show their support by sending special heartfelt tributes, and hugs from home in memory of Bob to